Learning Outcomes — History

  • Historical Content: Understanding of the major events, movements, developments, and ideas of American history, the Western World in general, and at least one non-Western culture.
  • Historical Understanding: Demonstration of historical awareness — that primary sources are fundamentally different and more important than secondary sources, that there are multiple voices in any set of primary sources, that one must interpret these documents to account for these multiple voices, that not all sources are equally valid and so must be evaluated and corroborated, and that sources must be interpreted within their historical context.
  • Knowledge of Discipline: Understanding of history as an academic discipline — the changing definitions of history over time, the differences between history and other disciplines in terms of content and methodology, the interdisciplinary nature of history, and the major stages in the development of history as a discipline along with the major theories and historical controversies that developed along the way.
  • Critical Thinking Skills: Ability to evaluate sources, critique theories, and solve historical problems — in general, to think critically and analytically.
  • Research Skills: Ability to use the tools, skills, different stages, and problems of research in order to answer theoretical and applied historical questions.
  • Communication Skills: Ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and appropriately for a person with a college education, whether orally or in writing.